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Amanda Knox may be trying to crowdfund her wedding, but it turns out that she’s actually already legally married.
Less than two weeks after Knox and her fiancé Christopher Robinson tweeted a link to their wedding website — which contains a plethora donation options — outlets report that the couple actually tied the knot last year.
Robinson and Knox were issued a wedding certificate on December, 1, 2018, shortly after they got engaged on November 21, E! News reports. Their space-themed wedding, however, is slated to take place on February 2020.
In a statement posted Thursday, August 1, to their website, they addressed the backlash surrounding their marital status.
“We filed paperwork to be legally married in December of last year to simplify our taxes and insurance. But we have not yet celebrated our wedding with our loved ones,” the press release states. “This is, frankly, no one's business but our own, and should be no more shocking than the fact that we've been living together for years.”
Knox found herself at the center of controversy yet again last month after news spread that she and Robinson are asking for donations toward the cost of their wedding, rather than traditional gifts.
“Let's face it, we don't need any more stuff. So please, no gifts, and no pressure. But if you feel so inclined, we welcome help putting on the best party ever for our family and friends!” their wedding website reads.
Potential donors have the option of having their money go toward specific costs, like costumes and special effects, or they can become patrons by giving between $500 and $2,000, with the cheapest option — for $500 — earning them a shout-out on the dance floor during Madonna's “Lucky Star.”
The couple’s registry decision prompted furious backlash online and fierce rebuttals from Knox. In Thursday’s release, they also defended the donation decision yet again, claiming that the practice is “normal.”
“We are paying for everything upfront ourselves,” their statement reads. “And like many young couples today, we’ve replaced the traditional gift registry with a wedding fund. Thousands of people do this every year because traditional gift registries are outmoded — couples who already live together don’t need toasters and dishware.”
“This practice is so common that popular websites like www.theknot.com and www.zola.com host wedding pages and cash registry funds. The RSVP pages are password protected and the registry pages are not. That is also normal,” they continued. “We shared our wedding story on social media, but we did not advertise our registry or ask strangers to donate. The tabloids sent our registry page out to the world, and then blamed us for their actions.”
Knox, a journalist and podcast host, was first thrust into the public eye when, as a student traveling abroad in Italy, she was convicted of the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Following a lengthy legal battle that involved multiple convictions and appeals, Knox was acquitted a second and final time in 2015, and only recently returned to Italy for the first time following her years-long imprisonment there.
Knox, who often speaks out on wrongful convictions and the media, called for others to focus not on her wedding, but on injustice in Thursday's statement.
“This ‘scandal’ is yet another example of irresponsible media profiting by manufacturing outrage,” she said. “This is just the latest example of the deliberate misrepresentation and character assassination that I’ve suffered since I was thrust unwillingly into the spotlight in 2007. It is in flagrant violation of journalism ethics and comes at the opportunity cost of informing people about issues that actually matter — like wrongful convictions.”
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